At last Kaduna Govt To Meet Families Of KAGVS Personnel Killed In Terror War
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
After several months of going back- and -forth, the commissioner in charge of the ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, Mr. Samuel Aruwan has reportedly invited the families of personnel of Kaduna State Vigilantes Service (KAGVS) killed in some of the attacks by bandits wm, an insider Jameel Abdulrahaman has hinted.
Although no reason has been advanced for inviting them, Abdulrahaman, a survivor and personnel of the state’s vigilante squad who gave the hint in a phone conversation with our correspondent ,alleged that “The commissioner said he wants to see the families of those who lost their loved ones”.
It would be recalled that over 202 of the vigilante personnel were engaged under KAGVS and deployed to fight bandits terrorising the state alongside the military personnel for eight months and later withdrawn without entitlements paid to survivors and those killed in war front.
Seven months after their disengagement, a cold war ensued between the survived personnel and their leaders, and Kaduna state government over non payment of death benefits for those who lost their lives and entitlements for the survived personnel.
The two leading crusaders, Jameel Abdulrahaman and Umar A.Tijani, were suspended from the service, an action the personnel had described as “Use and dump”, government tactice.
In an aggressive Interview earlier sought with our correspondent, the suspended leader of the aggrieved vigilantes, said nothing like death benefits was given to the three of their dead colleagues’ family, for paying the supreme price alongside 20 army personnel killed.
The duo had earlier told our reporter in Kaduna that they were brought back from the field operation locations and dropped on the street about seven months ago without any promise, or appreciation or compensation.
According to Abdulrahaman and Tijani, several complaint letters were written to relevant authorities, including the Commissioner and copies sent to the Police Commissioner and others, but the letters only earned them suspension.
“Some of our colleagues died on the operation field and no dead benefits were given to them. So, we are doing this for the dead colleagues to have their own Entitlement And Their Death benefits, Including our own entitlement.
“Kaduna State should give us recommendation letter for what we are doing to protect the Nation and the State. We fot nothing from them when back from the operation Ffeld 7 Months age.
“They just left us behind In our places without any concern. We drop out for lack of concern and no allowance. Now we ask of entitlement, and they start fighting us.
“We have not been paid anything aside the N10,000 they gave Each of us then, when they opene account for us In Zenith Bank and the N5,000 they give us when going to Kachia. Apart from that N15,000, no money Joined us with them again,” they lamented.
According him, “Over 1,000 of the volunteers Joined the training. The number of those taken to Operation Field was 202 People. They keep us At Sabon Birinin defensive location and Buruku Military defensive locations, where we were later dispatched to practical operations –that’s the flash spots.
Abdulrahaman, while commending the rights group currently mediating for doing well, he however noted that the performance of first one was not satisfactory, adding that nothing has been paid them till now.
FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets
THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday
Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.
“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.
“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.
“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”
The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.
Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service
The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,
The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).
DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt
The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real
DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.
A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.
“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”
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